Also, a quick state of my health. My skin has completely covered all my burn areas. Yeah, God. However, it is still thin and breaks easily. Just brushing against a couch or the car would tear the outer layer of skin off. Today, it is a little thicker and generally takes solid contact to tear. And, I continually do this on my elbow. Doctors say that the skin will continue to thicken for the next 4 months. Regarding pain, the new wounds are painful for about a week. I also deal with blood pooling in my ankles if I stand. The skin needs to get a little thicker to provide pressure to lift blood back out of my calves. To alleviate this, I walk in place. I also wear these attractive fire socks that provide some physical protection and should help with scarring. My legs look great, considering. Like my arms, belly and hand, the legs are discolored, but the skin looks like skin. I am fully back at work and capable of most household and yard tasks.
But what I really want to write about is the community that rose up during this event. It was incredible. My church-Crow River, my extended family, my community-Rockford and my employer-Loram really blessed us. And many others in places like Arizona, churches around the country and old friends out east. I really want to thank all of you. I am truly blessed to be a part of this community and am proud of it. Thank you for your prayers, food, love, time and gifts. You have taught me what true generosity really is. And the value of a community. Denis.